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About The Plumed Horse
The Plumed Horse achieves a look of sophistication with a sleek and modern interior featuring a glass-encased, three story wine cellar housing 1,800 selections and over 20,0000 bottles. Michelin Star rated since its re-opening, Executive Chef/ Owner Peter Armellino has created a Contemporary California menu with a balance of meat and fish and a focus on elegant dining. His cuisine is showcased in both a la carte and tasting menus, including one made up of vegetables grown on our local “farm.” All the action in the kitchen can be viewed from the exclusive and private Chef’s table (due to its high demand the Chef’s table is not available to be booked online-please call for availability). Experience the best in service, décor, wine, and food at this Silicon Valley destination locale that Sunset magazine calls “the best splurge restaurant.”
Saratoga, CA 95070
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm;
Lounge: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
$50 and over
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Please visit our website, http://www.plumedhorse.com/news_and_events_upcoming_events.php, for our latest entertainment offerings.
The Plumed Horse offers valet parking; there is also ample street parking and public parking lots available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Plumed horse has private rooms available for 4 up to 200 people.
The Plumed Horse Ratings and Reviews
First of all, Plumed Horse is a beautiful and very romantic restaurant. The large interior contains an enormous glass wine cellar. The service is very gracious and attentive. The menu includes two tasting menus, a regular menu and a vegetarian menu. One can also order ala carte. The tasting menus change frequently. Mine included Davenport Abalone, local Petrale sole, a Uni and Dungeness Crab fondue, 50 day dry aged New York steak, and seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras among other courses. Understand that these courses are small bites. There are two wine pairings available. One is a premium tasting ($250) of rare and vintage wines. The other pairing more normal at $98. The wine list is incredible consisting of many pages presented on an Ipad. Valet parking is available.
Overall the food and experience were not worth $500 for 2 persons. Except for the Parmesan souffle, the food was only as expected for fine dining. We did not particularly care for the changing light colors. The service staff was very attentive. My assessment is their prices are 30 to 40% over priced relative to the dining experience at other fine dining places.
Special occasion, asked and received special table in Main room.
Service is superior as would be expected from the Plumed Horse.
We tried the tasting menu, a good choice to try at least once.
We will probably return to the regular menu, next time.
Expensive, but for my wife's birthday and she was pleased.
We go only once a year, but Manny the head waiter, recognizes us with enthusiasm and
greets us by name, as if we go there a lot more often. Great Guy.
My wife and I had the tasting men, adding the souffle and the goose liver options. The first three courses were quite good, with an interesting combination of ingredients and flavors; but the souffle was quite salty as were the duck and steak courses. These courses lacked the subtlety of the starting courses and were just too intense for us. Cheese course was not very interesting. Dessert was fine and the chocolates offered at the end were delicious. If we return, we might order something other than the tasting menu which turned out to be overwhelming, not so much in terms of the amount of food, but in terms of the intensity of some of the dishes. I realize that these judgments reflect our palate biases, but perhaps they will assist people who decide to opt for the tasting menu.
We did the tasting menu with wine pairing and groups gras adder, as well as soufflé with crab adder. Our best, of many bests, meal here at Plumed Horse. Every course perfect. (Will admit the cheese and strawberry dessert was not special...none of the table liked it.)
A few years ago we went there with party of 4. We ordered one tasting menu, 2 appetizers and three entrees. We got plenty of food and felt very satisfied.
However, we went to celebrate my wife's birthday last night. For tasting menu we needed to order minimum 2 orders with party of 3. We also ordered an entree. the food quality was still good but the quantity is much less than years ago.
We spend near $500 but still felt somehow hungry. Doesn't make too much sense...
The food was excellent, such interesting and complex flavors. The waiters were very attentive and helped us find the "Right wine" for our anniversary. We do find there is too much food on the Tasting Menu, we get too full to enjoy the last three courses. A Short Tasting Menu, 6-7 items would be a nice option.
Plumed horse has taken fine dining to new level, the food is great, service is exceptional and ambience is perfect. We ordered black pepper parmesan souffle, its out of this world and have to try it in the appetizers. In main course we had baked Salmon and lamb, its one of the best food we have ever had. The staff was very professional and deservers the Michelin star. The wine selection is huge 4 stories, dont miss the glass bottom wine cellar where you can see 2 floors full of wine racks below you and 2 floors above you.
Our family, 3 adults came for dinner on Friday June 2, 2017. We opted for the 3 tasting menus with 1 paring wine and 1 vegetarian.
Service: one of my daughter's dishes had a piece of hair laying on top of the white sauce. We sent it back. The waiter corrected this mistake with a few shaves of french truffle on our next dish. Our family did not care for the truffle. The waiter did not offer us any other options. I requested no dairy on all my vegetarian dishes, the pasta came out had parmesan cheese! The waitress took it away and brought out a replacement.
Staff: the two main waiters were friendly, polite, attentive. We like them. The younger waiter/waitress who carried the food to the table was a miss - lacked fineness in mannerism and servicing detail.
Food: overall okay. Meet expectation (excluding the hair and cheese I mentioned above)
Overall: for the price and its name, we expected more from the Plumed Horse but left the place somewhat disappointed. Before dining, we contemplated buying a $500 gift card for my sister's 25th wedding anniversary but changed our mind after the experience.
We had the chefs table with a view of the kitchen. Food was amazing as usual. Five of us had the world class tasting menu. This is also healthy serious food with a sizable amount of protein. The chef, Peter Armellino, is one of the very best in the world and deserves a second Michelin star. This place is expensive and worth every penny. We gave the kitchen a standing ovation from the chefs table and we are hard to please.
This is my favorite restaurant. The service was amazing (as always), and I can't even express how good the food here always is. We got the tasting menu and every dish was delicious. I can only afford to go here once a year for a special occasions, but it's always worth it.
The Plumed Horse is a destination restaurant. Elegant. If we could make one suggestion to help, it would be to make certain that curtains go from floor to ceiling in the main dining room, they stop about a foot from the top, and at the right time of sunset, you can be blinded, other than that, top notch from start to finish, exceptions are accommodated for food allergies, the tasting menu is nicely portioned and changes seasonally, but the a la carte menu is a very nice option too, we were torn between the two but chose the tasting menu and were not disappointed. We would drive back from San Francisco again to dine here.
1. The manager was as attentive as he could, but our server unfortunately missed the mark. We often asked for the wine list and for bread - things that should be inherently intuitive in the service industry. I can't figure out why this would be - unless we were type casted as non-spenders? The only "attentive" question asked was if we were celebrating something special... by three different people. Overall, attentiveness fell short.
2. No gluten free options for Celiacs - huge disappointment. My husband is part of the unfortunate 1% of the American population with Celiac disease, being gf is out of necessity not mania.
3. The gnocchi was embarrassingly bad. Excessive lemon zest and sugar. It read as a savory item. The texture was also off. Flat and mushy. Maybe it is for people who have never experienced authentic gnocchi and would not know any better. You may not identify as an Italian restaurant but it is not an excuse for terrible gnocchi. The lamb was tart and also had had an overly-zesty tartness to it. Everything was just OK – I would never assume it’s Michelin star quality.
4. We opted to sample all the mignardises as we had heard positive things about them. When I asked for 3 of each for our table of 4, I was looked at like I had grown an extra head – in disbelief. The selection was not that big. I actually had to ask twice, I think our server was not sure if I really asked what I asked. The chocolates were without a doubt, exceptional. The madeleines were dry and hard like they had been sitting out for a while. The financiers too, were dry and tasted nothing like an almond cake.
Superficially, we were asked how everything was, but because it was not a genuine interaction, none of us felt comfortable enough sharing this live.
We do not yelp or find digital media outlets to bash mediocre food. We do however, have many friends who like us, enjoy vast and varied dining experiences, whom we share experiences like this with.
Outstanding service; excellent and plentiful hors d'oeuvres; beautiful setting. BUT, sadly, the entrees didn't live up to the unique and delicious offerings that came before. The halibut was overly salty and a bit dry, chewy texture - previously frozen? The lamb was "just ok". We should have spoken up. This is a really marvelous place, and they probably would have wanted to know if something was sub-par.
The flavors were very good (we had the chefs tasting menu), simple , clean and intriguing. The service was excellent. Unfortunately we were seated in a dimly lit alcove right next to the lounge - hence the plating was hard to see and the ambience was noisy and in the way. We enjoyed the meal itself but certainly the ambience greatly detracted from the experience.
We drove all the way out to Saratoga from San Rafael California to have a celebratory dinner here due to my husbands retirement. It was an outstanding meal. We both have a tasting menu with the accompanying wines, and it didn't disappoint whatsoever. The service was friendly, efficient, and genuine. The ambience is gorgeous. I would highly recommend checking this out.
Would probably recommend going to this wonderful restaurant not on a national holiday as the service was a bit hurried , not the usual gracious service the restaurant is noted for ... do not fault the servers as we were told the bookings were quite high for Mother's Day . Also would return for their regular menu and tasting menu rather than the fixed menu choices of this day .
I do highly praise the maitre'd who graciously offered to take our group photo in the glass wine cellar ... he was 5 star ! We will return !!!
We were grateful that they were able to accommodate extra people to the reservation and we were late because we thought the reservation was 7:30 instead of 7. The food and ambiance were great as usual. Also the food came out fairly quickly. However, there were a few issues that I did not think a Michelin restaurant would make: servers repeatedly served incorrect dishes (within our table); we were not offered the wine list until we asked for it; some of us ordered steak and were not asked how we wanted our steak to be cooked, one of the steak was really rare; extra item was charged to our bill. I did call the restaurant in the morning to confirm the reservation and requested to add 2 more people to the reservation and was confirmed back it was fine for adding more people. When we came, they tried to seat only 3 of us. Whoever took the call in the morning did not do anything? But it was great that they were able to give us a table for 5. Also it was Mother Day, we would have thought they would give moms something special. Some other restaurants gave out flowers, chocolates when we went before. We were not sure if we were punished for being late???
We were watching KQED's 'Check Please' and the people highly recommended Plumed Horse, so we booked a table on Mother's Day & can't wait to dine over there. Unfortunately, our dining experience that day was disappointing.
First of all, our wait staff disappeared the whole time after taking our order. We were never asked how's our food or if we need anything else while having our dinner.
As for the food, they were not something that we can brag about. Maine Lobster & the crab Cavatelli were just ok at most. The Alaskan Halibut definitely was dry and the filet of beef as well. The Chocolate Fondant was the only dish that's better compared to the rest of the food.
My husband ran into the Manager while we were leaving the restaurant, who apologized to us saying that because it's Mother's Day. It was so busy that the kitchen wasn't able to cook the food up to the standard. He also suggested if we can give them another chance. We felt that a good restaurant should be able to deliver under all circumstances because the customers are paying for their food & services after all. Sorry, we are not going back.
We went for Mother's Day brunch. I loved the menu. Salad was a little under dressed. English pea soup was excellent. Main dish was fantastic. Service was a little slow. We had to ask for coffee with dessert and by the time it came out... I was almost done with dessert.
I have been to this restaurant a few times in the past and had great experiences. This time, however was different. We ordered the tasting menu as we have done in the past. The food was uneven and often lacked flavor. Service was fine until we got to the desert course. It took a hour and a half to be served the last two courses.
Everything about the dining experience was spectacular. The service, from walking in the door to leaving at the end of a spectacular meal, was lovely. The servers were personable and accommodating. The food. I don't know where to begin. We decided to leave it up to the chef and ordered the tasting menu. My companion requested a "seafood free" option. Every dish that was brought out was exquisite. And then there were the desserts. Oh, my... those desserts. And the candy cart.
If you are in the San Jose area, this is a must for foodies and wine snobs.
We had a wonderful meal at the Plumed Horse. The decor is clean and attractive, and very elegant. Every table has a good view of something - beautiful lamps, the see through wine cellar, or lovely stained glass windows.
The waitstaff was very pleasant, and efficient. We chose the chef's tasting menu, with the addition of the souffle with crab sauce, and we were very happy. The flavors worked well together, and by the end of the courses, we were full. You can also choose to get the wine pairing, which my husband did, and the wines chosen were not only very good, but well suited to the courses they were chosen for.
I misunderstood the description of one of the courses, and could not eat it, and they graciously remade it in a way that I could eat. Very thoughtful and kind of them. I would definitely go back.
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